Board of Directors

    Tricia Coosal
    President

    Ms. Tricia Coosal is an Executive Director of Finance and Administration at the Coosal’s Group of Companies which allows the management and execution of a wide range of economic aspects. Her role in the 70-year-old plus Coosal’s Group allows her to possess a broad range of managerial skills, which is not only limited to finance and administration but extends to manufacturing, wholesale and retail. Managing and overseeing various departments such as Finance, Audit, Marketing, Sales, Human Resources, Information Technology, Security Management and Future Business Development also comprise her portfolio. She possesses administrative and financial background in the development of strong organisational systems and processes.

    Ms. Coosal is the current President of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA), a member of the Private Sector / Civil Society Group (PSCSG) and Trustee of Guardian Neediest Cases Fund (GNCF). She is also the Founder, Managing Director and Corporate Secretary of Top Class Distributors Limited, a Company which falls under her sole jurisdiction.

    Ms. Coosal holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in English and a Master’s in Business Administration. After completion of her studies, she joined the Coosal’s Group of Companies in 2011. Currently is the Chair of the TTMA’s Legislative Committee and sits on TTMA's Productivity Committee.

    Dale Parson
    Vice President

    Dale Parson is the CEO of KPL Group Ltd, a diversified group in the Manufacturing and Distribution Industry in Paints, Adhesives, and Brewery/Beverage products. Mr. Parson holds a BSc in Engineering and an MSc in Strategic Leadership and Management from the University of the West Indies.

    He is currently pursuing his PhD in Business Administration with concentration in Marketing. Mr. Parson is a member of Board of Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (BOETT) and Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (APETT). As the Chief Executive Officer of a regionally recognised privately held organisation, Mr. Parson has acquired extensive knowledge and experience in manufacturing, competitiveness, international trade, management, international business operations and strategic planning. His background provides the TTMA board with a broad scope of expertise in the manufacturing industry particularly in strategic planning, trade agreement negotiations and competitiveness.

    Mr. Parson is currently is the Chair of the TTMA’s Infrastructure Committee (formerly Transport and Logistics).

    Emil Ramkissoon
    Vice President

    Emil Ramkissoon is an Executive Director at New Wave Marketing Ltd. Apart from his directorship portfolio, he heads the company’s Export and Import department responsible for international procurement and distribution. Mr Ramkissoon previously served as the Chairman of TTMA’s Covid-19 Vaccination Site and Corporate Secretary to the board of directors. He is currently the Char of TTMA's HR Committee, Vice-Chair of the Marketing Committee and the Vice-Chair of Finance and Audit Committee.

    Mr Ramkissoon is an Attorney-at-Law, with experience in the areas of Corporate and Commercial transactions and the Conveyance of Properties. He completed his Bachelors of Law LL.B (Hons.) at BPP University Law School and subsequently attained his Legal Practice at the University of Westminster, London. He returned to the twin isle and commenced his conversion attachment at the firm of Pollonais, Blanc, de la Bastide and Jacelon where he was admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago. Upon joining the family entrepreneurship of over 35 years, he furthered his studies by completing a Masters of Business Administration MBA at Nova Southeastern University, Florida.

    Mr Ramkissoon also sits as a Director on the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association and the National Insurance Board of Trinidad and Tobago (NIBTT).

    Josiane Khan
    Corporate Secretary

    Josiane Khan is the Anti-Illicit Trade Manager at West Indian Tobacco with over 20 years of experience in Government & Corporate Affairs and Media & Communications.
    Josiane sits on the leadership team with responsibility for both the local market and the Group’s Caribbean subsidiary which spans the English, French & Dutch speaking islands where she oversees illicit trade prevention.

    She is the Vice Chair of TTMA’s Legislative Committee, a member of the Marketing Committee, and sits on the Illicit Trade desk and has served on the NOVA Committee at the Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Industry & Commerce for several years.

    In 2018, Josiane was appointed as Technical Secretary at the Bahamas Bureau of Quality Standards to support the development of a national standard related to tobacco products in her capacity as Government & External Affairs Manager for the Caribbean.

    Prior to her tenure at the BAT Group, she worked at an advertising agency as Client Service Director, leading several public relations and advocacy initiatives for both the private and public sector, locally and regionally.

    Josiane holds a master’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom and a certificate in Protocol & Diplomatic Law from the Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean.

    Anthony Farah
    Director

    Anthony G. Farah is the General Manager of MDC-UM, the largest manufacturer of office furniture in the region. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration from Miami Dade Community College, Mr. Farah gained 17 years of experience from a host of industries in the United States. Anthony returned to Trinidad to help develop MDC-UM’s strategic alliances with large furniture manufacturers in North America, China, Europe and India. As a consultant and project manager he has helped ensure that local content is maximized on projects in the Caribbean. Mr. Farah is currently a Director of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) and the Chair of TTMA’s Membership Committee and Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee.

    Gary Awai
    Director

    Mr. Awai is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Development Finance Limited where he has worked for the last seven (7) years. He has a banking career spanning over 37 years, in which he has held several senior management positions at various local banks. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and member of the Society of Management Accountants of Nova Scotia, Canada, holds a Masters in Business Administration from Andrews University, Michigan and Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada.

    He has an extensive background in Treasury Risk Management, Foreign Exchange Trading and Dealing, Strategic Management Accounting, Structured Trade Finance, Corporate Finance, Marketing and Sales, and Wealth Management.

    In addition to his roles as Director and Vice-Chair of the Membership Committee at TTMA, Mr. Awai is a Director and Chairman of the Audit Risk & Compliance Committee at the National Insurance Board of Trinidad and Tobago (NIBTT) and a Director at the Legal Aid and Advisory Authority. He is member of the Academic Council of UWI ROYTEC and Director and current Vice Chair of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (Trinidad and Tobago Chapter).

    Clint Villafana
    Director

    Mr. Clint Villafana is a seasoned professional with over 20 years’ experience in Export, Sales and Marketing combined within the Manufacturing sector. He is the Vice President Export Sales (Caribbean, Latin America, Europe & USA) at S.M. Jaleel & Company Limited.

    Mr. Villafana has spearheaded the introduction and expansion of subsidiaries and the S.M. Jaleel & Company brand in various markets throughout the region, resulting in the overall growth for the company both in volume and revenue over the past ten years. Through his oversight of the Export department, he led the company in winning the 2019 / 2020 Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) Award for Exporter of the Year and New Market Entrant.

    Mr. Villafana holds a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Minor in Marketing from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

    Mr. Villafana is also the Vice-Chair of the Export Marketing committee as well as a Director on the Board of Directors of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA).

    Sana Ragbir
    Director

    Sana is the Group Chief Risk Officer at First Citizens. She is a former General Manager of First Citizens. She has primary responsibility for the operations of the four countries that FCIS operates in. She has over 17 years’ experience in investment banking including more than 3 years’ experience with a large international investment banker. During her career, she has accumulated extensive experience in the international and regional securities markets.

    Sana is a prior Board member of American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad & Tobago from 2016 to 2020, and a prior member of the Board of Directors of the Securities Dealers Association of Trinidad and Tobago from 2011 to 2015. She is a current member of the CFA Society of Trinidad and Tobago and the international CFA Institute.

    Sana obtained a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia Business School in New York and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. She earned her Bachelors in Science from the University of the West Indies in Chemistry/Management where she graduated with First Class Honours. Ms. Ragbir is the Chair of TTMA’s Finance and Audit Committee .

    Roger Roach
    Director

    Roger Roach is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lazuri Apparel Limited, a premier manufacturer and exporter of fit for purpose workwear and branding solutions.

    He was re-elected to the TTMA Board of Directors in April 2020, and currently serves as Chair of Export Marketing Committee, Vice-Chair of Infrastructure Committee and Vice-Chair of Productivity Committee. He served previously from 2013 to 2017 and during this period, he Chaired the Cabinet Appointed Standing Committee on Trade and Related Matters and the Advocacy Committee.

    Mr. Roach is also serves as a Director on the Boards of LRI Holdings Limited, Evolving Technologies and Enterprise Development Company Limited (eTeck) and Vanguard Hotel Limited.

    He has a deep commercial understanding of local and CARICOM markets having served in executive roles with major exporters in the manufacturing sector and has developed constructive relationships with business leaders across the region.

    Mr. Roach is the former Managing Director of ANSA Coatings Limited, the largest manufacturer and distributor of Decorative, Automotive, Industrial and Marine Paints in the Caribbean and also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Langston Roach Industries Limited, one of the largest and most diversified manufacturers and distributors of cleaning chemicals and beauty products in the region.

    He holds a BSc. in Economics & Management and a Post Graduate Diploma in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of the West Indies, as well as an International Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Arthur Lok Jack School of Business where he specialised in International Marketing.

    Carla Furlonge-Walker
    Director

    Mrs. Carla Furlonge-Walker is a versatile and seasoned professional with twenty (20) years progressive experience in FMCG Marketing, Commercial and Business Operations with over ten (10) of these years intensively focused on Executive Leadership.

    Mrs. Furlonge-Walker is currently in the position of Group External Affairs Executive - ANSA McAL. She is currently a Director of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association (TTMA) and previously served as a director at Carib Brewery Limited, Grenada Breweries Limited, DCI Miami Inc., Alstons Marketing Company (AMCO) and Trinidad Broadcasting Company (TBC).

    Further to this, Mrs. Furlonge-Walker previously held the positions of Vice President of Subway, Prestige Holdings Limited and Marketing Director, Carib Brewery Limited.

    Mrs. Furlonge-Walker holds a Master of Business Administration (Marketing) from the University of Leicester (London) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (London), of which she is presently is a Chartered Marketer.

    Mrs. Furlonge-Walker is the Chair of TTMA’s Marketing Committee.

    Mr. Rudy Rampersad
    Director

    Rudy Rampersad is Head of Regional Initiatives at Ramps Logistics Ltd. Ramps Logistics is a supply chain technology company that provides end-to-end integrated logistics solutions globally. Rudy transitioned into the organization years ago after successfully pursuing a BSc in Business Management from the University of the West Indies. This progression was natural based on Ramps being a family-owned company established 36 years ago. Being the youngest of his siblings, Rudy took up the challenge to apply his technical knowledge with his passion for operations to charter an even brighter future for Ramps.

    As a visionary and champion for change, Rudy has an affinity for providing new opportunities for growth and development. He uses his position on the Guyana Oil and Gas Chamber board to encourage and motivate new talents. Rudy has also played an integral part in Ramps; expansion internationally, now with offices in Trinidad, Guyana, Suriname, Houston, Miami, Mexico, and Colombia. Rudy's ability to get things, no matter the circumstances, led to the successful execution of many projects within the oil and gas, distribution, and manufacturing sectors. These projects have inevitably led to Ramps Logistics being awarded the Supplier of Services award (2019) by the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers' Association.

    Mr. Rampersad sits on TTMA's Standing and Infrastructure Committees.

    Mr. Barry Fakoory
    Director

    Born into a family whose Business started in 1928 (93 years ago) and the holder of a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Ryerson University in Canada, majoring in Business Management/Minor in Marketing, supported with a Diploma from Seneca College in Canada in Business Administration. Barry Fakoory has become an Authority in the Food Packaging Industry but has gained tremendous experience working in manufacturing, distribution, and offshore services for the petrochemical industry. When it comes to making decisions Barry’s passion for truth overrides the possibility that the decision may not work in his favour. He is thorough and his appetite to learn and explore in limitless.

    He is currently the Chair of Standing Committee and is also a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards Committee currently developing a National Standard for Biodegradable Materials for Food Contact Products and Packaging. He also sits on the TTBS National Mirror Committee overseeing the development of the Regional Standard for Biodegradable Materials for Food Contact Products and Packaging. He has a certificate in the Principles of Waste Reduction, Recycling and Solid Waste Management from the SBCS and a certificate in Creating a Circular Economy in Trinidad and Tobago from the University of the West Indies. Barry is a Director at Floors WD Limited and Fakoory and Company Limited, but his day-to-day responsibilities lie primarily in the Research and Development of Sustainable Packaging for VF Packaging Ltd where he is the Sales Director. He has overseen the company’s process in attaining internationally recognised certification from the Biodegradable Products Institute to manufacture Certified Compostable/Biodegradable Products for the region.

    Ms. Gabrielle Agostini
    Director

    Ms. Gabrielle Agostini is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of CGA Ltd and currently sits on the TTMA’s Membership and Marketing committees. She joined CGA as Product Development Manager and in that portfolio, focused her attention on the re-branding of existing products and the development of new product lines in the Food and Beauty segments.

    With a strong background in Strategy and Operations consulting, Ms Agostini was instrumental in the development of the Company’s Strategic Plan 2020-2022, a new Performance Management System and an investment in a strong Leadership Team.

    Ms Agostini holds a BSc in Human Physiology and a minor in Management from McGill University in Canada and a MSc in International Business Management from King’s College London in the UK. She is also PMP Certfied and has received Startegy and Operations training in Canada and Uruguay. In addition, Ms Agostini has extensive experience working with international teams in the areas of Data Analytics, Process Improvement, Risk Management, Organzational Change and Talent Management.

    Mr. Navin Dookeran
    Director

    Mr. Dookeran is currently the Chief Executive Officer at the Export-Import Bank of Trinidad and Tobago (EXIMBANK). He is also a member of the Legislative committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA).

    Prior to this, he was a Lecturer and Programme Director – Executive MBA & Chief Operating Officer - Practicums at the UWI-Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business. He obtained his MBA in Finance from the McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and received Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics (BA) and Life Sciences (BSc.) from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

    His early career began at the Development Finance Limited and he later moved to the RBC Financial Group in Toronto, Canada, where he held the portfolio of Commercial Relationship Manager. His experience in finance continued at Manulife Bank and Trust (Canada) as Director in Lending Services and then as the AVP/Head of Credit Risk Management, where he continued to deepen his experience in banking strategy, operations, service delivery and credit risk management.

    Mr. Andre Jacelon
    Director

    Andre Jacelon is a seasoned business professional with over 25 years’ experience in Business Operations and Manufacturing.

    Mr. Jacelon is presently the Commercial General Manager at Bermudez Biscuit Company. Prior to this, he held various portfolios which included; Tobago Country Head of Ansa McAL Tobago Operating companies (Ansa Automotive, Carib, AMCO, ABEL, Standards Distributors); Manager of ANSA Automotive Tobago; Managing Director at Tony Roma’s; and Sales Manager and General Manager at Elite Limited.

    Mr. Jacelon has also served on the Board of Directors of Standard Distributors Limited; Tourism Development Company Limited (TDC); Tobago Chamber of Commerce; Carib Management Committee and Elite Limited.

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